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A La Carte (11/15)

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One of my favorite Aussies of all-time has arrived in Toronto for a couple of months. He’s a reader of this site who, a couple of years ago, sent an email saying, “I’m coming to Toronto. Can we meet up when I’m in town?” We met for lunch and hit it off. He ended up staying with us for a bit and sticking around the church for a month or two. Great guy–the best guy I’ve ever met from Kurri Kurri, Australia…not that that’s saying a whole lot.

Sister Wives – Maryanne posted a good article about the new TLC show Sister Wives–a show that follows a polygamous Mormon family. It’s interesting to me that, culturally speaking, we really have no defense against polygamy (based on all the other things our society accepts and celebrates).

What the Bible Got Wrong – Matt Perman has some good thoughts on Fast Company’s recent article “What the Bible Got Wrong.” Every few years someone dredges up an old list of Bible contradictions and presents it as if Christians have never thought about this stuff before. Sigh.

Words Added To & Removed from the NIV – John Dyer has a couple of interesting wordles looking at the words added to the new NIV and subtracted from the old one. If you ignore the “the”, the main things you can see are that a lot of “him,” “he,” and “his” have been changed to “they,” “their,” and “people.”

The Brutal Decline of Yahoo – Remember when Yahoo was the place to go online? That seems a long time ago. This infographic traces their precipitous decline.

Classic Petra – For old school Christian rock fans, Petra has reunited with one of their “classic” lineups and their new album is available for digital download as of today. It’s largely re-recorded tracks from the Volz era.

The People’s Buddhism – OMF has a video discussing folk Buddhism–a more realistic display of Buddhism than what we see/hear through Hollywood celebrities. Warning: there are some graphic images of self-torture.

I was but a pen in God’s hand, and what praise is due a pen?

—John Bunyan

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    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.